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Spelling at Nightingale Primary School

In line with the National Curriculum for English we believe that children need to use new words in context, they need to understand what the words mean and how to spell them. Encourage your children to use the new words in their spoken vocabulary so that they become confident to use them in their written work. 

Look – Say – Cover – Say – Write – Check is a way to help you with your spellings.

If you follow these easy steps, then you will improve your spelling in no time!

Step 1: Choosing the words

Choose 4 to 8 words from this week’s spelling list. Choose words that you will use in your written or topic work. Make sure that you understand the meaning of the words.

Step 2: Learning the words.

Aim to spend about 5 minutes each day practising.

  • Read all the words carefully.
  • Start with the first word, look at it. See if you can work out any easy ways of remembering it:
    • Look at the sounds in it, can you work them out?
    • Is it made up of shorter words that you already know? E.g. play-ground = playground
    • Does it make a shape that can help you remember it?
  • Say the word out loud using the sounds, e.g. shout à shhh-ow-t
  • Cover the word up and say the sounds again.
  • Now write the word down in the second column. You must use joined-up handwriting. This will mean that not only your brain will learn the spelling but you will also improve your handwriting at the same time.
  • Check how you did. If you got it right, fantastic! If you made a mistake look at the correct spelling and see if you can work out a way to remember the bit that you got wrong. Write the word again.

Try to use the words in your normal writing in class to help you practice too.

Give yourself a challenge to use the words at school and at home.


Below are some are some useful tools and strategies to help your child increase their written vocabulary. You should encourage them to explain to you any patterns and spelling rules they have identified. Alongside these informal discussions the children should investigate spelling rules and word roots.

Spelling Activity Cards


  • Spelling Notebook (free)
  • Dictionary.com (free)
  • Loo Cover Write Check 1.99
  • Roots to Words 2.99
  • Spellasauras (free)
  • New Hear and Spell (free)
  • Spelling Rush (free)
  • Spell the word (free)

You can set your own word list in most of these Apps.

Please be aware that the free versions contain adverts